Yohji Yamamoto through the SHOWstudio Lens

SHOWstudio has two brilliant videos about Yohji Yamamoto. The first video is called In Conversation with Yohji Yamamoto. It’s a one and one interview with SHOWstudio.com fashion director Alexander Fury. This interview has me excited for the upcoming documentary, Yohji Yamamoto: This is my Dream.

The next video is called In Conversation, About Yohji Yamamoto.

Photographer Nick Knight, art director Marc Ascoli and graphic designer Peter Saville discuss their work on Yamamoto’s seminal 1980s catalogues in a one-off conversation chaired by Madga Keaney, captured on film and edited by Ruth Hogben.(source)

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 – 2010 Womenswear Media Preview

There is nothing I love more than getting a sneak preview of anything fashion related. I was pretty pumped for the Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 – 2010 Womenswear Media preview. What new goodies did the buyers bring back for us interested fashion folk.

Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 - 2010 Womenswear Media Preview

Special bonus was an appearance by Joseph Altuzarra. He is being touted as the one to watch by many. His stuff is pretty hot, I have to admit. He was an intern at Marc Jacobs and freelanced for Proenza Schouler. Riccardo Tisci also recruited him to be a design assistant at Givenchy. His first collection was Spring 2008. He was absolutely adorable. How can you not love a guy whose primary muse is his Mom.

Altuzarra - Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 - 2010 Womenswear Media Preview

The event was held in the 3rd floor Contemporary area. Select samples from the season where on display for everyone to get a look at. Barbara Atkin, Vice President, Fashion Direction for Holt Renfrew talked about their trend research for the season and the direction for buyers. She talked about the new economy. Less, but better the new mantra. Giving the best product value for the money was a big focus this season. Another buzz word was serious consumption instead of conspicuous consumption. The are looking for that beautiful product that will become iconic, not a flash in the pan.

Trends on the Holts radar this fall are:

Bold Shoulder. DIY it up, find some shoulder pads and update your coat or buy a strong shouldered coat this fall
Shine. Don't leave it for special occasions. Mix sequins with knits and flannel.
Knit Dressing. Key pieces are the cardigan and dress
Slim leg. Slim pants and leggings to show off the gams
Collar Effect. Will see a lot of collars and bibs necklaces. It frames the face.
Satchel. Buy buy to the It bag. The new bags are classic and a long term investment.
City pump. Making an 80s comeback.
Boot legging. These are the new sky high boots. Perfect with the slim leg trend
Belt It

Some of the new labels for fall that I’m excited to see include: Phi, Altuzarra, Dannijo, Alexander Wang handbags, Salvatore Ferragamo for Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen and PUMA, Philip Lim 3.1 jewellery, Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield, Malababa, Luxury Rebel, Fluxus, Reebok, Sendra Boots and BOYY.

Check out all the photos I took in the slideshow:

Coming Soon by Yohji Yamamoto – Fall Winter 2008 video embedded

I wrote about a video presentation in the post Coming Soon by Yohji Yamamoto – Fall Winter 2008 video. I was upset because I couldn’t embed the video. Well now I can, so for your viewing pleasure here is Coming Soon, Fall/Winter 2008 video presentation.


[quicktime width=”500″ height=”270″]http://www.showstudio.com/projects/comingsoon/mp4/yohji_yamamoto_fallwinter_08.mp4[/quicktime]

video via showstudio.com/project/comingsoon

Nick Knight, Susie Smoking – Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 1988-89

Nick Knight, Susie Smoking - Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 1988-99

This haunting image was shot Yohji Yamamoto’s Autumn/Winter 1988-’89 catalogue. I love it.

Susie Smoking, 1988
Hand-coated pigment print, printed 2008. 76.2 x 60.5 cm. (30 x 23.8 in).  Signed, dated and numbered 1/3 in pencil on the verso. One from an edition of 3 plus 2 artist’s proofs.

image: Phillips de Pury & Company: NICK KNIGHT , Susie Smoking